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Lead Entrepreneurs

The Lead Entrepreneurs are not, and cannot be, experts in every area of business but they have first hand experience of facing the challenges of growing a business. They all agree that if such support were to have been available to them when they were growing their business, they would have found it most beneficial. Each of these busy and successful woman give their time to the initiative in a completely voluntary capacity.

Margot Slattery

Margot Slattery is country president of Sodexo Ireland. As country president, Margot has corporate governance and directorial responsibility for all Sodexo’s divisions operating in the Republic and Northern Ireland. It includes corporate services, sports and leisure, education and universities and government services.

It employs 2,200 staff at 200 site locations with a turnover of €98m and won the Top Site Contract Caterer Award at the 2016 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Catering.

For her role in promoting diversity and inclusion, Margot won a Trailblazer Award at the 2016 WXN Most Powerful Women in Ireland Awards and Sodexo appears on the 2016 Top Ten Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality in Ireland. Margot is Image Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2016 and Irish Tatler’s Businesswoman of the Year for 2016. On the Out at Work/Telegraph’s 2016 Top 50 LGBT Executives, OUTstanding/Financial Times’ 2016 Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders and Cranfield University School of Management’s 100 Women to Watch in 2016.

Non-executive board memberships include GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), Professional Women’s Network Dublin and Injuries Claims Board Ireland. She is also President of Appeals for the Irish Hospitality Trust.